One of my favorite Facebook groups to follow is Walt Disney World Tips and Tricks. It is a great community of folks who love Disney World and provide valuable information for first-timers and veterans alike. Probably the number one asked question on the page is, “Is Disney World’s Memory Maker worth the price?”
We recently returned from a WDW trip and had the Memory Maker for the whole family. In this post, I will take some time to explain what Memory Maker is, share some photos and videos from our trip, and provide my take on whether it is worth the money.
What is Disney’s Memory Maker?
In short, Memory Maker is a service that you can purchase, in addition to your WDW theme park tickets, that allows you access to all the digital photos that cast members and ride take of you or your party while in the Disney Parks or anywhere on Disney’s property. There are many professional photographers stationed all throughout Disney ready to take high quality pictures of your family and friends. You will find them at character meet-n-greets, in restaurants, out in scenic locations, and even at the hotels.
When one of these photographers take your picture, they will scan your Magic Band or your park ticket. This will automatically update the pictures to your Disney World app (it takes about 30 minutes). In addition, there are several rides that will capture a picture (or even a video!) of you on the ride. You will receive that in the app as well. There are even “Magic Moments” shots, which is when they add special digital tweaks to the photo to make them more Disney.
How much does Memory Maker cost?
The current price (as of 2/7/2020) is $199 for this service. It covers all the photos taken during your entire stay. If you purchase ahead of time (at least 3 days) then the price drops to $169. The best part is that this is linked with your entire party. For example, we went with 4 families and totaled 12 people. Everyone’s pictures were linked and so we only had to purchase one Memory Maker. There is a catch, however, in that only one person in your party can download the pictures.
How is the quality of the pictures and videos?
Rather than write about the quality, I will just show you. Here are some of our favorites:
And, here are some that did not quite go so well.
Overall, we ended up with over 100 pictures and videos. It could have been a lot more except that we went at one of the busiest times of the year (Thanksgiving Break) and so the lines for the photographers was often long. Because of that we took fewer picture stops than we would have normally.
Is it worth the price?
This is going to depend on your personal situation, but for us… YES! We bought ahead of time and split the $169 three ways so it was less than $60 a family for us. Considering that theme parks can charge up to $24.95 for a single picture, we got more than our money’s worth. It was a great way to capture good (and some bad) photos and not have to take them all ourselves on cell phones.
Have you been to Walt Disney World and used Memory Maker? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments below. If you did not use Memory Maker, let me know why as well. Happy travels!